Call us crazy, but Preston and I will be running a race Friday morning. Why yes, we’re scheduled to close on our new house this afternoon, but we can’t pass up the opportunity to kick off the July 4th holiday with Team RWB at the Firecracker 5k on Friday.
We ran this race last year, and it was one of the first races that I put on my 2014 race calendar. This race is put on by one of our local running stores, Potomac River Running, and I have yet to be disappointed with any of their races. Their races are always super organized, with plenty of food and water available post race.
Having run this race last year, I know what to expect on the course. There is a slight uphill to finish the race, which isn’t ideal, but at least I know that going into the race this year (it was a bit of a surprise last year). Other than that, the course is pretty flat, which excites me, especially since the weather has been super hot and humid this week.
With how crazy this week already has been, and is going to continue to be, and knowing that I need to run 9.5 miles this weekend for my long run, I don’t plan to push my body too hard during Friday’s race, especially if its as hot and humid Friday morning as its been the last couple of days. That doesn’t mean though that I don’t have goals in the back of my mind for this race.
Goal A – Finish the race in under 30:13 (9:45 pace) – my current treadmill PR
Goal B – Finish the race in under 31:40 (10:12 pace) – my current race PR from the Jaguar 5k back in April
Goal C – Finish the race in under 35:08 (11:20 pace) – last year’s Firecracker 5k finish time
While these paces are a bit spread out, my mind is focused on so many things other than running right now that I’ll really be playing this race by ear and deciding Friday morning how much I want to push myself.
QOTD: Do you run races during super busy times in your life?